Check out our new listings on Etsy

We found some great new stuff last week. Stop by and check out our shop – Vintage Junket.

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Spring has Sprung – A Confession

Springtime is here, and if you’re like me you’re ready for some warmer weather. I can’t wait for our office move to finally be finished, so I can have some extra time to mess around in my yard. I have lots of re-planting to do and some outdoor projects that I can’t wait to get started. But…with each change of season and holiday, comes a small secret guilt I carry. I must confess: I hate decorations, of any sort, of any kind. I can’t stand ceramic Santas, stuffed Easter bunnies and you’ll never see a cornucopia on my table as a centerpiece in fall. I feel so badly about this because I’m a mother and I feel like I need to make things festive around my house during different times of the year. I’ve found the only way I can get around this horrible bah humbug challenge of mine is to decorate simply – using color. So, today is the day I’ll get out my vintage citron and grey tablecloth. I’ll bring out my aqua kitchen tea towel and replace some of the pottery on my mantle with some colorful vintage planters. I know, I’m awful. Here are some great spring accessories I’ve found for sale on Etsy, just in case there’s another horrible mother like me out there somewhere 🙂

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By the way, I’ll be having my Sunday dinner tomorrow night. I’ll be posting pics and my recipe on Monday (time permitting).

Have a great weekend!

Sunday Funday

As promised, I took lots of pictures yesterday. Most of them didn’t turn out. In fact, when I uploaded them to my computer I was mortified. I still have a lot of learning and practicing to do. Nevertheless, we had a great day yesterday and it was fun just spending the day together. I hope you all had a relaxing Sunday, as well.

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We took a walk by the Marina to check out the sailboats. This is a great place to go in the evening to see all the fishermen coming in with their catches for the day. There’s always fish tales being told and lots of cheap beer flowing.

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Lucas, Lauren’s boyfriend (who is not a tennis player AT ALL) challenged her to a match. Poor guy didn’t even last 15 minutes. He got hit in the eye with one of her fast serves, so he was down for the count. Guess he won’t ask to play with the big dogs anymore!

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While I was cooking dinner, I caught this great shot of my mom and Lexi.

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Our Sunday Dinner – Pasta with white wine and lemon sauce and roasted asparagus. Although, my pictures didn’t turn out so well, the meal was delicious.

Here’s my recipe:

Chicken with Lemon and White Wine 

Ingredients:

2 pounds of thinly sliced boneless skinless chicken breasts

Juice of 5 lemons and the zest of one lemon

2 cups of good white wine

1/2 cup of chopped fresh Italian flat leaf parsley

3 gloves of garlic (minced)

Extra virgin olive oil

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1 pound of any hard pasta you prefer

In a large saute pan, heat 4 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil and one small pat of butter on medium high heat. Lightly dust the chicken breasts with flour and add to the heated oil/butter. Brown on both sides. Add white wine, lemon juice/zest and garlic. Turn the heat down to med/low and cover. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. When it starts boiling,  add the pasta and give it a good stir. The pasta should take about 6-8 minutes to cook. When the pasta is nearly done cooking, take 2 large ladles full of the starchy pasta water and add to the chicken. The wine, lemon and pasta water mixed with the flour/oil from the chicken will make a really great sauce. Drain the pasta and add to the saute pan with the chicken. Turn off the heat and stir in the fresh parsley. Salt and Pepper to taste.

Roasted Asparagus

Heat oven to 450.

Roll fresh asparagus in 2 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil and 1 teaspoon of coarse salt. Put on a baking dish in one layer. Cook for 15 minutes. When you see the tips turning golden brown, you’ll know it’s ready.

Enjoy!

Confession

I am an awful photographer  picture taker. I’m so bad, I can’t even use the word photographer in any way,  shape or form when describing myself. I hate this fact! It drives me mad!

Last night,  I spent the evening with my best friend and AMAZING photographer, Kim a.k.a Kibster. We’ve been friends for many years and she’s always been a great source of inspiration for me. She gave me a small lesson in photography and some encouraging words that really got me motivated to take some more pictures.

I promised myself that this weekend I’m going to play around with lighting and different settings on my camera until I can deliver some good acceptable shots to you on Monday. I’ve been working on my Etsy shop and I have a few things I need to photograph for that and I’m having my Sunday dinner tomorrow night. Those 2 subjects should take me about, hmmm … ALL weekend. Wish me luck!

Until then, here are a few not so good Instagram shots I’ve taken lately. Happy weekend everyone!

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Palm trees on a beautiful day

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My Danish modern dining chairs

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The beach walkover I use to take my morning beach walk

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Old oak tree in my back yard

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Collect

I’ve been thrifting for a long time and over the years I’ve picked up some really great pieces, but I’ve never started a collection.  Seeing amazing displays like the ones below really inspires me to start one.

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  1. Catherineholm enamel cookware by Grete Prytz
  2. Dansk Pepper Mills by Jens Quistgaard
  3. Dansk Kobenstyle Enamel Cookware
  4. Russel Wright
  5. Mid century clocks
  6. Eames chairs
  7. Danish candle holders
  8. Art glass
  9. Teak & Pewter Serviceware 

Old & (some) New

If you’re like me and have budget limitations when designing a space, this post is for you. We all lust after those special original pieces from the era when form finally met function. Sure, I’d love to have 2 Finn Juhl arm chairs flanking my fireplace and a vintage flokati rug that’s never been stepped upon. I’d kill to have a Paul McCobb teak sofa in my living room and Bertoia wire chairs on my back deck, but the truth is:  I just can’t have everything I want. Unless you’re privileged enough to have a black American Express card, chances are at some point or another you’re going to have to incorporate some new pieces in with the classic beauties we crave.  The trick is to make your hard-earned dollars really count. These rooms display a great mixture of old and (some) new.

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Pinch Me I’m Dreaming (about lighting)

There was no rest for the weary this weekend. The upcoming move to our new office is quickly approaching and we’ve been packing and cleaning like crazy. Lauren and Lexi had friends over all weekend, so I was a short order cook, as well . Yesterday was my father’s 60th birthday and my mother hosted a fun little party in his honor on Saturday night.  Needless to say, we didn’t have our typical Sunday Dinner yesterday, because things were too hectic. I’ve been day dreaming about lighting (or hallucinating about lighting because I’m high from the Sharpie fumes that I’m labeling all these damn boxes with).

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Take a Seat

Chairs. Chairs. Chairs. Here’s some tasty eye candy for Saturday. Hope everyone has a great weekend.

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1. Vladimir Kagan  2. Folke Ohlsson  3. Hans Wegner  4. Eames  5. Eames  6. Finn Juhl  7. Cherner  8. Hans Wegner  9. Poul Kjaerholm 10. Ib Koford Larson  11. Eames